An India Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 crashed in Northern province Rajasthan, India, pilot ejects safely. The jet crashed near Bikaner’s Shoba Sar ki Dhani area. “MiG-21 aircraft on a routine mission crashed after getting airborne from Nal near Bikaner.
The pilot of the aircraft ejected safely. Inquiry started to investigate the cause of the accident,” Indian media reported. According to the report, an officer of the Colonel rank will investigate the matter further.
Bikaner SP Pradeep Mohan Sharma told media that the crash took place 12 km from Bikaner city. No casualty has been reported on the ground.
The crash comes on the backdrop of a number of crashes of IAF aircraft over the past few months. On February 1, a Mirage 2000 aircraft crashed at HAL airport in Bengaluru resulting in the death of two pilots. Squadron Leader Siddhartha Negi and Squadron Leader Samir Abrol were flying the jet for a test flight when the incident took place. One of the pilots reportedly landed on the debris of the aircraft. The other one was rushed to a hospital and succumbed to injuries.
Sources said that the IAF pilots are reluctant to fly MiG 21 due to increasing number of crashes.
Long history of IAF’s faulty bird MiG-21 incidents
MiG-21 crash in Jalandhar in 2002 killed 8 and injured 17
MIG-21 IAF jet crashed in Jammu and Kashmir on May 22, 2007. The 2 pilots on board were not found
MiG-21 Bison crashed while landing in Rajasthan’s Barmer district on July 15, 2013, killing the pilot.
MiG-21 jet crashed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on May 27, 2014, killing the pilot.
MiG-21 fighter jet crashed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam on August 24, 2015
Indian Air Force’s MiG-21 fighter jet crashed on July 18, 2018 in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, killing the pilot
MiG-21 aircraft crashed near Jamnagar city on January 31, 2015. The pilot ejected safely.
Two MiG-21 were downed by the PAF in February,2019 during dogfight